Sunday, September 30, 2018

Syngenta: 2019 PestPartners 365 Program



The 2019 PestPartners 365 Program from Syngenta makes it easy for businesses of any size to save all year. It’s simple: Purchase any combination of Syngenta products between Oct. 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, to generate at least $200 in base rebates. No forms are required to redeem rebates, and pest management professionals (PMPs) will automatically receive rebates on all Syngenta purchases made between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019. PMPs can also earn an Early Order Bonus by generating at least $500 in base rebates between Oct. 1 and Dec. 7, 2018.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Dow Named a Leading Disability Employer

Dow Named a Leading Disability EmployerDow Chemical Co. has been named a 2018 Leading Disability Employer™ by the National Organization on Disability (NOD). NOD’s third annual award recognizes companies for demonstrating... Read more

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Cintas Increases 1st-Quarter Revenue

Cintas Increases 1st-Quarter RevenueCintas Corp. has reported a fiscal first-quarter revenue of US$1.7 billion, a 5.4 percent year-over-year increase. Cintas posted a quarterly operating income of $265.2 million, up 6.5 percent from... Read more

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4M Adds to Team

4M Adds to Team4M Building Solutions has appointed Charles Marquis account manager. Marquis has nearly a decade of management experience in the cleaning industry.  Additionally, 4M has promoted Curry... Read more

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Triple S Holdings Announces Staff Appointments

Triple S Holdings, a subsidiary of Triple S, has announced multiple personnel appointments. Keen Umbehr has joined the organization as corporate vice president of sales and operations. Umbehr... Read more

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IEHA Introduces New Professional Certification

IEHA Introduces New Professional CertificationIEHA, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has launched its new Sustainability Professional (SP) credential to assist IEHA/ISSA members in defining and validating their... Read more

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Arrow Environmental Services celebrates 60 years

Arrow Environmental


Tampa, Fla.-based Arrow Environmental Services, a subsidiary of Environmental Pest Service (EPS), is celebrating 60 years of service in 2018. The company, whose history actually dates back to the 1800s, has experienced steady growth since moving operations to Florida in 1958, with annual revenues reaching $18 million in 2017.

Arrow has more than 30,000 customers and 150 employees – several of whom have been with the company for 30 years – in Tampa Bay, southwest and central Florida.

“It’s been a great joy watching the company grow over the last 60 years,” says George Pickhardt, EPS chairman of the board. “We’re proud to serve residents throughout the state, and look forward to another 60 years of service.”

In the late 1800s, Pickhardt’s grandfather founded International Fumigators – one of the nation’s first pest control services – in Buffalo, N.Y. The company fumigated lake freighters that moved iron ore up and down the Great Lakes.

Pickhardt’s father and uncle later joined the company. His uncle ran the business in Buffalo, while his father branched off and started Arrow Exterminating in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1930. In 1958, he moved the business to Florida and renamed it Arrow Environmental Services.

“We’re proud of our roots in the pest control industry, and are pleased to offer customers the same great service that our company was founded on so many years ago,” says Pickhardt. “I know I speak for everyone involved when I say that we are thrilled to celebrate this exciting milestone.”

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WorkWave Route Manager wins 2018 SaaS award



WorkWave, a Holmdel, N.J.-based provider of software solutions for the field service and last-mile delivery industries, has been recognized in the category “Best Software As A Service (SaaS) Product for Shipping, Inventory or Vehicle Logistics” in this year’s 2018 SaaS Awards. Presented by Awards International, the SaaS Awards recognize excellence and innovation in software solutions.

“We are honored to be recognized as a winner in this year’s SaaS Awards for our robust route planning and GPS tracking solution,” says WorkWave CEO Marne Martin. “WorkWave Route Manager empowers our last-mile delivery and field service customers with the tools they need to achieve customer excellence and run their businesses efficiently. It enables companies not only to keep up with the changing consumer demands, but also exceed their expectations.”

The WorkWave Route Manager platform uses a proprietary algorithm to optimize route scheduling and planning. It is an all-in-one route planning and GPS tracking solution, which addresses the specific needs of companies looking to increase efficiency in transporting goods and services to commercial businesses or homes.

“We are thrilled to announce the final winners from another very impressive shortlist,” says SaaS Awards and Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson. “This year’s winners really do represent the entire globe, from established organizations serving many customers, to disruptive start-ups catering to a niche.”

More than 200 organizations entered this year’s program, with international entries coming from North America, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe and the Middle East.

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Weekly Product Showcase September 28, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase September 28, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Durable Décor Mats Inc.’s new Stateside™ luxury vinyl flooring collection features 18... Read more

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Kolbe becomes industry consultant



Industry and military veteran Bill Kolbe, BCE, has established Wakolbe Consulting LLC, a firm providing consulting services in professional pest management and related industries.

Kolbe’s career in pest management started in June 1974. He received his associate degree in animal science and bachelor degree in entomology/applied ecology from the University of Delaware. He is a Board Certified Entomologist, specializing in industrial and urban entomology, and is retired as a lieutenant colonel with 28 years of service from the U.S. Army Reserve.

Based in Denville, N.J., Kolbe is a frequent speaker for industry associations and has authored and edited several articles for trade journals and books. In addition, he served as Chairman of the NPCA Vertebrate Committee (1988), and Chairman of the Copesan Technical Committee (1984).

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What distractions mean for detector dogs

PHOTO: David Latimer

PHOTO: David Latimer

You take your dog into a room, give the command to search and rather than immediately focusing on sniffing, the dog runs over and stares out the window or sniffs under the door, maybe barks excitedly at something and just pretty much ignores your commands. Do you correct with a jerk on the leash? Do you repeat the command in ever increasing volume? What do you do? To borrow a phrase from social media statuses, “it’s complicated.”

From the dog’s perspective, what we call a distraction can represent something that the dog feels must be evaluated and checked out. In our world, I’d compare many canine distractions to us hearing a car horn blare nearby as we walk down the street. We feel compelled to immediately look and see if such a noise represents a threat or is relevant to us or we look just out of curiosity.

When the dog sees something new, he is thinking: “Is this new thing a threat? Is it a playmate or prey to be pursued? Is it friend or foe? Is it food?” While we can glance at the car that blew the horn and quickly determine whether we’re safe, the dog must investigate by sniffing and visually examining it, possibly listening closely for any informative noise; it may even want to lick and taste the new thing. The dog’s sensory evaluation includes its sense of smell, hearing, sight and sometimes it can include taste.

I’ve heard it said about dogs, that if they find something new and they can’t eat it, have sex with it or play with, they’ll simply pee on it and walk away. This adage refers to how simple life can be for a dog. The saying leaves out the fact that such a choice is made only after the dog has thoroughly evaluated and investigated the new thing.

“Distractions,” offer us a glimpse into how dogs think. The dog’s survival over the millennia depended on them formulating quick and accurate choices between two basic options when it comes to threats — flight or fight — wrong choices could mean serious injury, even death. Ignoring the opportunity to eat something could also be a mistake, since dogs often eat things they chance upon as well as what they hunt.

Since we’ve removed the dog’s flight option by tethering it to us with a leash or confining it in a room, sometimes we just have to be a bit patient and allow the dog to carefully evaluate something new. Not allowing the dog to sniff and investigate may force the dog to comply with your commands and to perform the physical acts associated with searching. However, out of the corner of its eye the dog may be carefully watching what you didn’t allow him to clear and not focused on the work. Not allowing the dog to investigate such a thing may increase the dog’s level of anxiety rather than forcing it to “get back to work.”

Next time, we’ll talk more about distractions and how we can get the dog more comfortable with encountering new things.

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MGK: Decimari Fly Bait

Decimari PHOTO: MGK


One bait offers two ways to put an end to flies: MGK’s new Decimari Fly Bait combines clothianidin with NyGuard insect growth regulator (IGR). As the first fly bait with dual modes of action, the company says, the product can be used in and around residential, commercial and agricultural production facilities for house flies. Packaged in 5- and 40-pound buckets, it can be applied as a scatter bait, painted on or used in a bait station.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tennant Acquires Chinese Manufacturer

Tennant Acquires Chinese ManufacturerTennant Co. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hefei Gaomei Cleaning Equipment Co., Ltd. Tennant’s purchase of the Hefei, China-based cleaning equipment manufacturer expands the... Read more

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Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS) is the latest member of National Service Alliance (NSA). NSA is a group-purchasing organization serving building service contractors and... Read more

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Brady Donates to 7 Nonprofits

Brady Donates to 7 NonprofitsBrady announced the most recent beneficiaries of its 2018 Brady Shines charitable giving campaign. Established last year, the campaign provides a total of US$20,000 per cycle to benefit education-... Read more

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Cascades Named Balpex Supplier of the Year

Cascades PRO was presented with the Platinum Supplier of the Year Award at the recent 2018 Balpex Supplier Summit. Cascades received the award in the Canadian distributors group’s cleaning... Read more

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See it all at PestWorld 2018

Photo: Diane Sofranec

At PestWorld 2016, the National Pest Management Association’s public policy team discussed legislation that had an impact on the industry. Pictured from left are Andrew Bray, Jake Plevelich, Dr. Jim Fredericks and Andy Architect. PHOTO: Diane Sofranec

You hear it every year: Come to PestWorld! See the newest and best the industry has to offer. Learn about the latest research and technologies. Take advantage of the many networking opportunities.

Well, there’s a reason you hear this every year: It’s all true. From the packed, 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall to the popular educational sessions to the camaraderie at the receptions, parties and golf courses, PestWorld is the best opportunity you’ll have all year to plug into what’s happening in the industry.

There are many reasons to attend the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) PestWorld 2018 event in Orlando, Fla. You will have an opportunity to connect with more than 3,000 pest management professionals (PMPs), increase your knowledge by attending any of the 70 educational sessions available, and you can explore the latest industry technologies showcased on the exhibit floor.

Exhibit hall: If you’ve been to PestWorld in recent years, you know the initial excitement you feel when setting foot in the exhibit hall for the first time. You can expect to find aisle after aisle of manufacturers and distributors offering innovative products and solutions for your business. If you’re looking for something specific, you’ll find it. You’ll also find friendly, knowledgeable company representatives who can answer any questions you have.

Education: In addition to exploring the exhibit hall, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field about the latest pest management research; best practices in the areas of wood-destroying insects, wildlife, bed bugs and general pest control; sales and marketing techniques to help you grow your business; and expanded “thought leader” sessions on key management topics. There are many opportunities available for you to enhance your skills and learn something new.

Networking: PestWorld is the place to make connections and meet new people. Sure, you go to see people you know, but there are so many opportunities to expand your business contacts and meet people you don’t know. You have many opportunities to network with people on the show floor, in educational sessions and at receptions.

Motivation: Attending PestWorld is a great way to recharge your professional batteries and get motivated about your business. There is no better place to meet your fellow PMPs and to find people who are excited about developments in the pest management industry. It’s easy to get locked into a routine as you practice business as usual for most of the year. But at PestWorld, you’ll find yourself charged up and passionate about the industry as you share your views and opinions with people just like yourself.


  • Network with more than 3,000 other pest management professionals (PMPs), researchers and vendors from around the world.
  • Discover the latest business trends, and learn how to apply these innovative ideas into your business — no matter where in the world you are.
  • Receive focused education on hard-hitting topics such as global public health issues, bed bugs, pest control challenges on a global scale, pollinator health and much more.
  • Find solutions for your business at the largest pest management industry trade show in the world, showcasing the newest products, services and technologies in pest management.
  • Understand the emerging issues that will shape and influence the pest management industry.


  • Owners and managers of pest management companies.
  • Pest management technicians and sales representatives.
  • Product manufacturers and distributors.
  • Industry researchers, educators and students.


  • Manufacturers and distributors of products and equipment for pest control, rodent control, termite control, mosquito control, bed bug control, nuisance bird and wildlife control, and lawn care.
  • Mold remediation suppliers.
  • Companies that provide general services and products for small businesses such as cell phones, credit cards, insurance, legal, and security video systems.
  • Vehicle equipment and accessory suppliers.
  • Computer systems technology vendors.
  • Human resources consultants.

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RISE holds 28th annual meeting

Outgoing RISE Governing Board members were recognized during the association’s annual meeting Sept. 23-26, 2018, in Amelia Island, Fla. From left are Dan Stahl who served as Governing Board chair from 2014-16, OHP Inc.; Aaron Hobbs, RISE president; and Stephanie Jensen, outgoing Board member, BASF Corp. PHOTO: RISE

Outgoing RISE Governing Board members were recognized during the association’s annual meeting Sept. 23-26, 2018, in Amelia Island, Fla. From left are Dan Stahl who served as Governing Board chair from 2014-16, OHP Inc.; Aaron Hobbs, RISE president; and Stephanie Jensen, outgoing Board member, BASF Corp. PHOTO: RISE

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) welcomed new governing board members and recognized dedicated volunteers during its 28th annual meeting at Amelia Island, Fla., with a focus on engagement and community building.

Nearly 600 manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders attended the meeting Sept. 23-26, 2018, held in conjunction with CropLife America. The latter group honored longtime president and CEO, Jay Vroom, who retired after nearly 30 years, and greeted its new leader, Chris Novak.

“Our industry is in a time of transition and opportunity,” says Darren Horst, RISE Governing Board chair and vice president and general manager of Central Garden & Pet. “We welcome Chris Novak to CropLife America and the potential for our partnership as we go boldly forward in this new operating environment.”

The RISE Governing Board met on Sept. 23, and elected new members Katherine Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corp., holding a formulator seat; Scott Reasons, Syngenta, holding a manufacturer seat; and Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA Inc., filling a formulator seat.

Outgoing board members completing their terms include Stephanie Jensen, BASF Corp., and Dan Stahl, OHP Inc., who served as board chair from 2014-2016.

Others continuing their terms on the Governing Board include:

  • Darren Horst, chair, Central Garden & Pet
  • John Gertz, vice chair, SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Zack Zaki, treasurer, FMC Corp.
  • Jeff Alvis, AMVAC Chemical Corp.
  • Sean Casey, Nufarm Americas
  • Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corp.
  • Todd Ferguson, Primera Inc.
  • Gilles Galliou, Bayer
  • James Guard, Bayer
  • Tom Linnen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Doug Obermann, PBI/Gordon Corp.
  • John Smith, WinField United

The meeting’s theme was “boldly4ward,” and reflects the idea that in times of change —including consolidation, trade concerns and a shifting political landscape — the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry must continue to work together and learn from one another. Attendees were encouraged to share photos and posts to social media using #boldly4ward.

“RISE goes boldly forward with its activity in the social space to talk about pesticide use, benefits and their necessity for daily living,” says Aaron Hobbs, RISE president.

RISE member volunteers are the backbone of the association, and several were recognized for their commitment and engagement with the national trade group. During Monday’s General Session, the Advocacy Strategic Driver Award was presented to the Label Workshop Planning Workgroup, which includes:

  • Jon Ostrowski, Clarke
  • Doug Soper, PBI/Gordon Corp.
  • Jenn Hughes, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kerry Sosa, BASF Corp.
  • Jill Holihan, FMC Corp.
  • Patty Flis, FMC Corp.
  • Kristen Shears, Corteva Agriscience
  • Tann Schafer, Bayer
  • Julie Schlekau, Valent USA
  • Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas
  • Brad Glenn, Bayer
  • Katie Swift, Liphatech
  • Kylli Paavola, Liphatech
  • Norma Pangilinan, SBM Life Science Corp.

RISE Volunteer Service Recognitions were awarded to three outgoing RISE Committee chairs —Frank Wong, Bayer, Legislative Affairs Committee chair; Jim Jensen, NuFarm Americas, Communications Committee chair, and Jill Holihan, FMC Corp., Regulatory Affairs Committee chair.

Horst and Hobbs presented the association’s highest honor, the E. Allen James Award, to Jose Milan, Bayer, during its gala celebration on Tuesday evening. For nearly 30 years, Milan has chaired and participated on committees and has been an industry leader. Past E. Allen James Award honorees Allen James (PMP Hall of Fame, Class of 2010); Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corp., and Josh Weeks, Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, joined Milan to celebrate.

“Engagement with our members, communities, social channels and the industry was our focus for 2018, and we are thankful for active members who dedicate their time to the work of our association and bring their voices to the conversation,” says Hobbs.

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Terminix appoints Southeast VP



Terminix, a Memphis, Tenn.-based provider of pest control services and a ServiceMaster company, has named Jeff Storck as the Southeast division vice president. Storck will report to Augusto Titarelli, vice president of operations for Terminix.

“Jeff’s promotion and overall career trajectory are perfect examples of what’s possible in our organization for talented, hard-working professionals,” says Titarelli. “We’re proud to offer many opportunities for advancement that allow our people to grow, continuously challenge themselves and be excited by their work.”

After starting as an outside sales professional with Terminix, Storck advanced into several leadership positions over the past 25 years. He most recently served as senior director of service for Terminix, where he led the organization’s new hire training, technical research and development, claims process and customer experience.

“Jeff is invaluable to our organization, and in his most recent assignment at the corporate office, he drove critical improvements in our processes to increase employee and customer satisfaction,” says Matthew Stevenson, president of Terminix Residential. “With his combination of field and corporate experience, Jeff is well-equipped to take our Southeast division to the next level.”

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LIPCA: Owned by pest and lawn pros

LIPCA logoSince 1985, LIPCA Insurance has been 100 percent owned by pest and lawn professionals and their families. Its sole insurance program is completely focused on pest and lawn businesses and their exposures. LIPCA specializes with GL, Property, IM, BPP, CYBER and Excess/Umbrella coverages. It has access to Workers Compensation (W/C) and Auto coverages in most states. The firm will also work with any agent you choose. In addition, LIPCA has FREE pest, termite, bed bug and other contract templates available for its insureds.

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Tips to solve a clothes moth infestation

Ed Dolshun, Technical Director and VP of Business Development, Catchmaster

Ed Dolshun, Technical Director and VP of Business Development, Catchmaster

A surge in clothes moth calls has been reported in recent months.

Look for natural fiber materials hidden within your account, like old furs, wool or silk clothing, carpets, taxidermy or even old furniture stuffed with natural fibers or fur. Use species-specific pheromone-baited glue traps to identify hot spots within your account, and treat or remove items as necessary to eliminate the source. Clothes moths in particular often crawl more than fly, so make sure to place some traps low on flat surfaces in quiet, undisturbed areas.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Aramark Presented Award for Employee Health Initiatives

Aramark Presented Award for Employee Health InitiativesAramark has been named a recipient of the National Business Group on Health’s 2018 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award. The nonprofit association’s annual award... Read more

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P&G Honored by World Economic Forum

Procter & Gamble (P&G), parent company of Procter & Gamble Professional, has been recognized by the World Economic Forum for having one of the nine the most advanced factories in the... Read more

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RJ Schinner Adds Director of Business Development

R.J. Schinner Co., Inc. has appointed A.J. McGrath director of business development. McGrath help bring the company’s strategic offerings to market. He will also work with R.J.... Read more

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MGK alliance with Sumitomo Chemical fuels innovation, expanded capabilities

PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

MGK recently added an automated bait-filling station for its family of cockroach gel baits. PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Family-owned for its first 110 years, Minneapolis-based MGK joined another family, Sumitomo Chemical, in 2012. The alliance allows MGK to operate autonomously, while gaining access to Sumitomo Chemical’s active ingredients, global research and development, and subsidiaries.

PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Steve Gullickson PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Just one example of the many flowers stemming from this powerful partnership is Sumitomo Chemical’s acquisition of Botanical Resources Australia (BRA) in March 2018, says MGK President Steve Gullickson.

“BRA manages thousands of acres of Australian-grown daisies used in the production pyrethrum (Py),” Gullickson says. “Now, thanks to our alliance with Sumitomo Chemical, MGK — a global leader in the production of Py — has enhanced the reliability of its supply of this botanical product.” (For more on MGK’s pyrethrum business, see “The Life of Py” on p. 16). 

Fueled by its alliance with Sumitomo Chemical, MGK is kicking its innovation into fifth gear. The past two years alone, MGK launched four products to help pest management professionals (PMPs) improve insect control, while saving time and money:

OneGuard Multi MoA Concentrate (introduced in 2017) — Specially formulated for backpack sprayers, this mosquito control agent features four active ingredients (AIs) — lambda-cyhalothrin, prallethrin and piperonyl butoxide (PBO) — as well as MGK’s NyGuard IGR (insect growth regulator).

Vendetta Nitro Cockroach Gel Bait (2017) — This highly palatable bait leverages two AIs (clothianidin and NyGuard IGR) to kill cockroaches clients see and don’t see. It can be used indoors, in food and non-food areas, in apartments, homes, hotels, restaurants, schools and warehouses, as well as on ships, airplanes, trains and buses.

PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

MGK employs a broad team of chemists and entomologists to ensure its solutions solve pest problems. Pictured here is Brandon Banh. PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

CrossFire Aerosol (2016) — This bed bug management tool delivers fast knockdown via direct spray, while also providing residual control. Featuring a trio of AIs — clothianidin, metofluthrin and PBO — this product targets all bed bug life stages (adults, nymphs and eggs), and controls pyrethroid-resistant strains.

CrossFire Bed Bug Concentrate (2016) — This product features the same AIs, use areas and benefits as CrossFire Aerosol, but it’s a liquid concentrate that reduces the labor needed for
bed bug control.

In addition to continual investments in innovation, MGK also is spending more to bolster its manufacturing capabilities. “At our Chaska, Minnesota plant, we recently invested in an automated filling station for our cockroach gel bait,” says Brian Krelitz, MGK’s senior market manager. “The new system has increased our gel baits production capacity by 67 percent. We continue to make significant investments in both our manufacturing capabilities and product pipeline,” Krelitz adds. “Stay tuned: We’ll be launching several more insect control innovations soon.”

MGK products combat ants, bed bugs, beetles, cockroaches, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, scorpions, spiders, stink bugs, stored product pests, wasps, yellowjackets and other structural pests.

Some of MGK’s more-established brands include:

NyGuard IGR — cockroaches, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, stored product pests, ticks and other pests.

Bedlam and Bedlam Plus — bed bugs.

Vendetta and Vendetta Plus — cockroaches.

Onslaught and Onslaught FastCap — broad-spectrum insect control.

Riptide and Sector — mosquitoes and flies.

“It’s by design, not chance, that demand for our liquid, aerosol and microcap innovations continues to grow,” MGK’s Gullickson notes. “We remain focused on developing insect control products based on the input of the PMP community. By bringing solutions to market we anticipate becoming an ever more valuable member of this incredible community.”

PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Quality control and assurance are top priorities for MGK. Pictured here is Celeste Stayer. PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

The Life of Py

In 1902, Alexander McLaughlin went into the business of grinding spices, plant leaves, barks, fruits and flowers for use in pharmaceuticals. Six years later, he incorporated the business with partners George King and John Gormley.

PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Brian Krelitz showcases MGK’s historic spices. PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

The company, McLaughlin Gormley King (MGK), soon realized its product shipments containing flowers in the chrysanthemum family of plants were never infested with live insects. “There must be something to this flower,” MGK’s partners wisely surmised. MGK had stumbled upon pyrethrum (Py), an effective natural insecticide. By the 1920s, MGK had standardized the extraction and refinement of pyrethrum to consistently deliver high-quality py-based insecticides.

Today, MGK is a global leader in the production of Py, and has made investments to grow, harvest and process flowers in Tasmania, Tanzania and Uganda. The process of isolating and refining Py is complex — requiring multiple extraction, separation and distillation steps. Here’s a simplified snapshot of The Life of MGK’s Py:

  • The active ingredient (AI) is extracted from the pyrethrum flowers to make crude Py.
  • The wax is separated from the Py.
  • The resin is separated from the Py.
  • The color is separated from the Py.
PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

The life of MGK’s Py: dried flowers, crude Py, Py after two distillations and finally 20% Py. PHOTO: Courtesy of MGK

Ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, bed bugs and many other pests are susceptible to the power of Py. Equally important, being a botanical, Py decomposes rapidly in the environment. As the demand for sustainable products continues to grow, more insecticide manufacturers worldwide are embracing Py.

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Gentrol IGR Concentrate

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Leave wildlife control to the pros, so they say



Before the kickoff of last week’s NFL game between the Browns and the Jets, an opossum was on the lose at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Call a PMP!” you might think, but actually a Browns fan — who was not a PMP — took it upon himself to catch the opossum. After watching the stadium’s staff fail at corralling the animal, the Browns fan decided to take some action, according to local News Channel 5. After searching for a how-to video on YouTube, he caught the opossum by the tail and the rest is history.

Disclaimer for other football fans and YouTube-watchers: Don’t try this at home — or at NFL stadiums. Call a PMP.

Oh, and to top it off the Browns broke their losing streak and won the game.

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